Unwanted stumps can turn an otherwise pleasing landscape into an unsightly mess. What’s worse, they can pose tripping hazards and attract unwanted pests like carpenter ants and termites that can spread to nearby trees or even homes. Better to deal with unwanted stumps before they become a problem. If you’re seeking top-quality stump grinding in Maryland, look no further than Prestige Tree Experts. We offer a range of services to fit your unique needs and budget. We’re standing by to answer your questions and get you started on the path toward a safer and more inviting yard. Call us today at 240.673.2474 or reach out online for a free estimate.
Levels of Stump Grinding Services
Stump grinding can make or break a lawn’s overall appearance and health. There are multiple options and price points for this important service:
- Mulch Left After Grinding: The most affordable form of this professional service involves grinding the stump and simply leaving the “mulch” behind after the job. Left alone, the combination of earth and wood chips will settle naturally to some extent. Alternatively, mulch can edge gardens and fill low spots in a yard or be disposed of in forested areas.
- Mulch Removed After Grinding: A more expensive but often preferred option is stump grinding with mulch removal. This service leaves the area level with the surrounding ground and ready for whatever’s planned next.
- Mulch Removed After Grinding and Grass Planted: This top-quality option costs the most but may be most valuable to clients looking to erase the appearance of an unsightly tree stump fully. A professional team grinds the stump, removes the mulch, then adds topsoil and soil conditioner along with grass seed. Finally, the area is covered with straw. With just a small commitment from the client to water the new grass seedlings, the area becomes a beautiful, well-integrated piece of the landscape in no time!
What’s the Difference Between Stump Grinding and Stump Removal?
Many people wonder whether simply grinding a stump is enough. Wouldn’t it be better to get rid of the stump and roots altogether? While this option might be right for some, it’s often more trouble than it’s worth. Fully removing a stump takes more time and resources and is, therefore, more expensive. Roots can grow far beyond the area of the stump itself, and removing all of them can create an enormous hole that has to be addressed at further cost to the client.
Leaving a tree’s roots to decay naturally in the ground, on the other hand, has several benefits. Not only is the above-ground appearance of the property left more intact, but nearby trees experience less shock. Trees connect to their neighbors through a fungal network called mycelium, which coexists with their root systems. When a tree is torn out by the roots, nearby trees feel the shock and may become less healthy because of the abrupt loss of information and nutrients coming from the removed tree. Allowing roots to decay at a natural rate creates a greater period of adjustment, and therefore resilience, in nearby trees.
How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost?
Stump grinding costs vary depending on the depth of service. The average cost ranges from about $150 to about $450, and most clients pay a little over $300. Factors including wood density, the stump’s dimensions, project length, and terrain quality can all affect cost. Providers may charge by stump size or by the hour.
In choosing a provider or considering whether to go alone, remember that the process can be hazardous and requires special equipment to complete safely and effectively. Personal protective equipment is a must to ensure safety, and special training is extremely beneficial to ensuring chips do not fly in unwanted directions, causing harm to bystanders or property. Stump grinders themselves can also be hazardous without proper training since they employ powerful, high-speed rotator blades.
Getting Started with Prestige Tree Experts in Maryland
Not sure whether a professional stump grinding service is right for you? Curious about what level of service might be best for your unique landscape? Our friendly team of professional arborists at Prestige Tree Experts is standing by to answer your questions. Reach out online or call 240.673.2474 to get a quote about our exceptional stump grinding services in Maryland.